September 26, 1953 |
Garfield, New Jersey, U.S.
|Show||Benigno & Roberts|
|Station(s)||WFAN, New York City|
|Time slot||10:00 am - 01:00 p.m., Monday-Friday|
Benigno who is of Italian descent, was born in Garfield, New Jersey and grew up in nearby Paramus. He graduated from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, in 1975 with a degree in political science. Prior to joining WFAN, Benigno was a frequent caller to the station, known on-air as "Joe from Saddle River."
Professional radio career
His first taste of radio experience occurred in 1994, when he guest-hosted a show on WFAN as a result of winning a contest held by the station. He then hosted a sports-talk show on a radio station in Elizabeth, New Jersey before returning to WFAN as their overnight host in 1995. He continued as overnight host until November 2004, when he was moved to middays to co-host with Sid Rosenberg after Rosenberg's previous co-host, Jody McDonald, did not have his contract renewed with the station. After Rosenberg resigned from the station on September 12, 2005, he became the sole host of the midday show until January, 2007, when he was then paired with Evan Roberts.
Benigno was filling in for the vacationing "Boomer and Carton in the Morning" program on March 28, 2013 with his partner Roberts when he made disparaging remarks about having to get makeup done for radio. The program is simulcast on the "MSG (TV channel)" and Benigno continued by mocking them, claiming he was annoyed about the chair time required for MSG's "11 viewers." The "Benigno & Roberts" show scheduled to be broadcast on Good Friday via MSG was immediately cancelled.
Benigno is a fan of the New York Mets, New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and especially the New York Jets. He is known for quotes such as "Oh, the pain!"( a lift from the character Dr Smith of Lost in Space), "Bro," "How 'bout that?," and "What a disaster" when describing his losing teams. As Well as "stellar" and "All The Love"
Released his first book in April 2010, titled "Rules for New York Sports Fans."
- Zeitchik, Steven (January 23, 2005). "IN PERSON; Meet Joe Fan". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
- "Joe Benigno". CBS New York.
- "Joe Benigno FUBARED his & Evan Roberts' MSG Network Opportunity". Retrieved April 02, 2013.
- "BobsBlitz.com ~ Joe Benigno says he'll buy Tyrann Mathieu drugs if Jets draft him; Mike Francesa calls it a 'bad joke'". Retrieved April 29, 2013.
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